The Phillies Were the Most Profitable MLB Team in 2016

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Photo by sshepard/iStock

Believe it or not, the Phillies made more money than any other Major League Baseball team in 2016 despite a lousy fourth-place finish in the National League East, according to Forbes’s latest profit evaluation.

While the Fightins just squeaked in at number nine on the magazine’s top 10 for total appraised value, at $1.65 billion, the team benefitted mightily by posting the league’s largest operating income last year. The Phillies’ $87.7 million profit outmatched the second-place Chicago Cubs by nearly $4 million, or roughly the salary equivalent of shortstop Freddy Galvis this season. Read more »

Pete Rose Named to Phillies Wall of Fame

Phillies first baseman Pete Rose looks over a children's book by teammate Tug McGraw as he sits in the club's locker room at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)

Phillies first baseman Pete Rose looks over a children’s book by teammate Tug McGraw as he sits in the club’s locker room at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)

The Phillies announced on Monday that Pete Rose will be honored on August 12th as the 39th inductee into the franchise’s Wall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility.

In August 1989, then-Major League Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti (yes, Hollywood actor Paul’s father) placed Rose on the permanently ineligible list amid accusations that the Hit King bet on games while serving as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

That ban had kept Rose from receiving his proper due until a recent change of heart by current commissioner Rob Manfred, who paved the way for Charlie Hustle to be honored by his former teams. Read more »

Monday Morning TL;DR: Spaghetti Donuts Now Exist on Planet Earth

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Pop Pasta/Facebook

Happy Monday, everyone. This week we’ve got news from the frontiers of artificial intelligence, another thing shaped like a donut that isn’t a donut, another weird thing about Mike Pence, a new job for Vetri alum Adam Leonti and a terrifying new development from the Phillies ballpark commissary.

You ready? Let’s go…

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The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Brock Stassi Made the Big Leagues

Photo by John Raoux/AP

Photo by John Raoux/AP

We live in a world of insta-success these days. A single tweet, a viral video, and you (or you, or I) can be the Next Big Thing. Which makes what happened this week to longtime Phillies minor-league first baseman Brock Stassi—well, here’s how his younger brother Max explained it on Facebook: “My brother Brock: cut early in area code tryouts, didn’t have a D1 offer until late in his senior year (to pitch), was told he wasn’t good enough to hit in college … drafted late as first baseman … 1K bucks. Plane ticket. Offseason substitute teacher … ” But Brock, a 33rd-round draft pick in 2011, had a blistering preseason (.339, a team-leading six home runs), and on Thursday, Phils manager Pete Mackanin called him into his office for what up until this year has been, for Stassi, a heartbreaking chat. Not this time. “What number do you want?” Mackanin asked his 27-year-old rookie. Stassi was still crying in an interview afterward. “Dream come true,” he managed. “I made it to the big leagues and can finally say I’m a big leaguer.” Play ball!

One of Us: John Kruk

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … John Martin Kruk. I was named after my grandfather.

I grew up … mostly in West Virginia, in a tiny town.

These days, I live in … Naples, Florida. We sold our house in Mount Laurel eight years ago. I had never had a summer because of baseball and work, so we had to figure out a way to make winter into summer. Read more »

Roy Halladay Might Be Returning to the Phillies (to Coach)

Roy Halladay pitching

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Roy Halladay could be coming back to the Phillies.

No, the 2010 Cy Young winner and perfect-game-thrower won’t be returning to the mound. But longtime Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki reported yesterday that the team and Halladay were looking for a place for him in the organization. “It seems likely he will be roaming Spectrum Field and Carpenter Complex in a Phillies uniform before the end of Spring Training,” Zolecki writes. Read more »

How Matt Klentak Plans to Rebuild the Phillies

Klentak in the team’s under-construction analytics department. Photograph by Chris Crisman

Klentak in the team’s under-construction analytics department. Photograph by Chris Crisman

Matt Klentak agrees to meet me at Citizens Bank Park at two o’clock on a bitterly cold January afternoon. I show up early and kill some time in the lobby. A receptionist cheerily informs me that Klentak’s secretary will come to get me in eight minutes. Not “right away” or “soon” — in eight minutes.

It’s quirkily precise, and I can’t help but ask Klentak about this when I reach his second-floor corner office overlooking the charcoal runway that’s Pattison Avenue. The Phillies’ 36-year-old general manager breaks into a small smile. We’d said we’d sit down at two o’clock, he explains, so it made sense to stick to that plan. And Klentak is all about sticking to plans, particularly the one he and other members of the team’s evolving brain trust have developed to right a ship that lost its way in the wake of the most successful era in franchise history. Read more »

Can Baseball Be Saved?

Philadelphia Phillies catcher Wil Nieves calls for an intentional walk at Citi Field on Jul 30, 2014. Photo by Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports

Philadelphia Phillies catcher Wil Nieves calls for an intentional walk at Citi Field on Jul 30, 2014. Photo by Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports

Just as the Phils kick off spring training comes the earth-shattering news that Major League Baseball is tinkering with the very foundations of America’s Pastime. That’s right: They’re killing the spectacle of the intentional walk. Read more »

Kenney: Christie Is the Biggest Loser in the Country

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L: Photo by Jeff Fusco | R: AP Photo/Julio Cortez

In case you haven’t heard, yesterday on SportsRadio 94.1 WIPNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Phillies fans “awful, angry people” and said that Citizens Bank Park is “not safe for civilized people.”

Needless to say, the Phillies and their fans – and Philadelphians, generally – weren’t happy about it.

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Turns out Mayor Jim Kenney wasn’t so happy either. Kenney had some fierce words for Christie this morning – also on SportsRadio 94.1 WIP.

“I just kind of feel sorry for the guy,” Kenney said to host Angelo Cataldi. “He’s got the biggest ‘L’ on his forehead of anybody in the country.”

And that’s not all – Kenney also called Christie “the most unpopular governor in the state of New Jersey in history” and said Christie is “bitter and has nowhere to go. Who’s going to hire him? What corporation would take him on based on all the nasty things he said and the confrontations he created. I just think he’s done.”

Christie’s been all over the news lately. During a New York sports talk radio show yesterday, the New Jersey governor said that President Donald Trump made him order meatloaf during a Valentine’s Day dinner at the White House.

“This is what it’s like to be with Trump,” Christie reportedly said to co-host Craig Carton. “He says, ‘There’s the menu, you guys order whatever you want.’ And then he says, “Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'”

Social media users went crazy with that one.

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